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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (AP) - One county in Mississippi could consider moving a Confederate monument off of its courthouse lawn. A local resident asked Attala County supervisors Monday to move the statue somewhere such as a park or cemetery. Jerone Garland says the statue is a symbol of "hate and bigotry." The supervisors' president says he and he colleagues will consider the request and want to hear more ideas. The soldier statue dates to 1899.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi now has two West Nile virus deaths and 36 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness this year. The two deaths, reported Monday, are in Forrest and Humphreys counties. The state Health Department says it hasn't been able to confirm that a death reported three weeks ago, in Grenada County was caused by West Nile after additional tests were done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Military investigators are trying to piece together the cause of a crash that killed 15 Marines and a sailor in Mississippi in July, but it could be a year or more until any information becomes public. In the meantime, the Marine Corps' fleet of KC130T transport planes remains grounded.

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) - A bicyclist in Mississippi has died after being struck by a vehicle on a state highway. The Mississippi Highway Patrol says in a news release that 57-year-old David Burk was riding a bicycle Sunday night in Pontotoc County.

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